Queen's Plate 2013 Results: Winner, Payouts and Order of Finish

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2013

Photo Credit: Ontariothouroughbred.com
Photo Credit: Ontariothouroughbred.com

Longshot Midnight Aria and jockey Jesse Campbell took the 154th running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.

With rain falling over the track, Midnight Aria set the early pace and hung off a late-charging morning-line favorite Up With the Birds to take the 10 furlong race. 

CBC Sports' Tim Wharnsby passed along the win and some interesting tidbits: 

With the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown in the bag, Midnight Aria and trainer Nick Gonzalez will now undoubtedly turn their attention to trying and capture the second leg of the Triple Crown, which is the Prince of Wales Stakes on July 30.

Order of Finish 

Order of finish and payouts according to WoodbineEntertainment.com.

Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Post
1 Midnight Aria Jesse Campbell
Nick Gonzalez
2 Up With the Bird Eurico Rosa da Silva
Malcolm Pierce
3 Dynamic Sky Joel Rosario  Mark Casse
4 Spring in the Air Gary Boulanger  Mark Casse 
5Jagger MShaun BridgmohanMark Casse3
6His Race To WinJohn VelazquezMalcolm Pierce11
7Pyrite MountainLuis ContrerasMark Frostad10
8Nipissing Steve BahenRachel Halden9
9KaigunJustin SteinMark Casse6
10River SevenTodd KabelNick Gonzalez12
11RackmanJim McAleneyNick Nosowenko8



Horse Win Place Show
1-Midnight Aria $35.20 $13.00 $8.00
7-Up With the Birds   $3.90 $2.80
2-Dynamic Sky     $4.40


Base Bet Combo Payout Pays to -
$1.00 Exacta 1/7 $85.10  
$0.20 Trifecta 1/7/2 $87.56  
$0.20 Superfecta 1/7/2/4 $663.99  
$0.20 Pick 3 2,5/1-13/1 $10.32 3-of-3


This was an impressive win for Midnight Aria, not just because of the way he ran the race, but considering where he came from.

Racing correspondent for The Buffalo News Gene Kershner helps explain: 

That's not a bad return on investment for owner Tucci Stables. It also helps set up for an especially euphoric celebration of victory.  

Triple Dead Heat shared this Vine from the winner's circle: 

The rain made for a fast track, and with Midnight Aria being a speed horse, the conditions played right into his strengths. 

Despite a little bumping at the start, Midnight Aria was strong right out of the gate. Kaigun was keeping the leader close, but couldn't make a real run, and soon was fading back.

Heading around the final turn, Midnight Aria looked like he was getting gassed, and the pack closed in. It looked like we were headed for a new leader. However, jockey Campbell asked his horse for a little more, and he got it. 

As the horses hit the home stretch, Midnight Aria began to pull away. Only one horse showed the closing speed to make a run at him. 

The Malcolm Pierce-trained Up With the Birds made a strong charge and got to within half of a length, but Midnight Aria just wouldn't quit. 

It all made for an exciting race and certainly set the stage for what should be a fantastic Prince of Wales Stakes.